Results 181–200 of 3484 for speaker:Ben Wallace

Written Answers — Home Office: Companies: Guernsey (27 Feb 2018)

Ben Wallace: Guernsey have a central register of company beneficial ownership information.

Written Answers — Home Office: Crime: Victims (27 Feb 2018)

Ben Wallace: The Proceeds of Crime Act provides the statutory scheme for the recovery of criminal proceeds; its purpose is not to recover stolen goods for victims. There are other legislative powers to support victims to recover stolen goods or receive compensation, including the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000. However, assets recovered using Proceeds of Crime Act powers can be used to...

Written Answers — Home Office: *No heading* (26 Feb 2018)

Ben Wallace: This Government takes the threat of cyber crime extremely seriously, which is why we have committed to spending £1.9 billion to deliver the National Cyber Security Strategy. This includes boosting the capabilities of the National Crime Agency’s National Cyber Crime Unit and investing in the cyber teams within Regional Organised Crime Units to bolster our response.

Written Answers — Home Office: *No heading* (26 Feb 2018)

Ben Wallace: We have recovered £1.4bn under the Proceeds of Crime Act since 2010. The Criminal Finances Act 2017 provides important new powers to improve the asset recovery system, such as unexplained wealth orders, the forfeiture of bank accounts and forfeiture of certain mobile assets. The Government is also implementing the recommendations made in the Public Accounts Committee Report of 2016. Our...

Written Answers — Home Office: *No heading* (26 Feb 2018)

Ben Wallace: The new National Economic Crime Centre will task and coordinate the overall law enforcement response to economic crime. The Home Office is working with partners across government, law enforcement, regulators and the private sector on the design of the centre, which has £6m in funding allocated to it in the 18/19 financial year.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Regional Organised Crime Units (26 Feb 2018)

Ben Wallace: Serious and organised crime does not respect force boundaries, which is why we organise our response at regional level, giving us the ability to tackle organised crime groups head-on. The Government have invested £140 million in ROCUs since 2013, and last year we announced £40 million of additional funding to enhance ROCU capabilities further in areas such as cyber-crime and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Regional Organised Crime Units (26 Feb 2018)

Ben Wallace: I understand my hon. Friend’s concern, but I can assure her that the use of informants is strongly controlled by robust safeguards and independent oversight. We must not shy away from using informants, as their use in certain circumstances is vital in stopping some of the worst in society carrying out their crimes.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Regional Organised Crime Units (26 Feb 2018)

Ben Wallace: The hon. Gentleman is right to say that a number of active Russians and indeed other nationals are involved in organised crime in this country. That is why the Government are reviewing the organised crime strategy that was first published in 2013 and why we introduced the Criminal Finance Act 2017 to give us the powers to deal not only with the people inflicting these crimes but with their...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Regional Organised Crime Units (26 Feb 2018)

Ben Wallace: I would be very happy to meet the hon. Gentleman to discuss that matter. We realise that the best way to tackle organised crime is similar to the way in which we have often tackled terrorism in the past—that is, alongside the criminal justice outcome, to use the broad shoulders of the whole state, local authorities, financial regulation, the police and neighbourhoods to tackle these people.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Regional Organised Crime Units (26 Feb 2018)

Ben Wallace: There is absolutely no intention of demonising a nation, an ethnicity or a culture. However, it is important to note that the illicit money flows into the United Kingdom at the moment come predominantly from China and Russia, and that we have to tackle that. The powers in the Criminal Finance Act 2017 will allow us to go upstream and to take real action. If we take their money away, those...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Regional Organised Crime Units (26 Feb 2018)

Ben Wallace: The hon. Gentleman is right to say that the empowerment that the internet gives to criminals, terrorists and radicalisers is extraordinary. That is why my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has helped to lead the charge in the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, and recently visited silicon valley to ensure that companies there start to deliver. We have seen significant changes...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (26 Feb 2018)

Ben Wallace: For security reasons, I am unable to comment on specific recruitment levels and on the geographical distribution of police and intelligence agencies in specialist areas, but I assure my hon. Friend that we are seeing strong levels of recruitment. GCHQ and the National Crime Agency are doing great work in encouraging the next generation of cyber-sleuths through their Cyber First programme.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (26 Feb 2018)

Ben Wallace: My hon. Friend is right to point out his worries. We hope that the Criminal Finances Act 2017 will give a new boost to training local authority officers to deliver on it and increase the amount we take from rogue landlords and property owners.

Written Answers — Home Office: British Nationals Abroad: Middle East (22 Feb 2018)

Ben Wallace: Over 850 UK-linked individuals of national security concern travelled to engage with the conflict in Syria and Iraq. We estimate that over 15 percent of those who travelled have been killed in fighting in the region and just under half have returned to the UK. Anybody who does return will be investigated by the police to determine if they have committed criminal offences or pose a risk to...

Written Answers — Home Office: National Security (22 Feb 2018)

Ben Wallace: The Home Office does not hold the requested data.

Written Answers — Home Office: Hunting: Licensing (21 Feb 2018)

Ben Wallace: Over the last five years the Home Office has granted two project licences for research involving deer under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. One licence was granted in 2014 and one was granted in 2016. No licences have been granted for research involving registered stag hunts over the same period.

Written Answers — Home Office: Cybercrime: North Korea (21 Feb 2018)

Ben Wallace: The investigation into the WannaCry cyber attack is ongoing. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) assesses it is highly likely that North Korean actors known as the Lazarus Group were behind the attack. The NCSC and the National Crime Agency are working with international law enforcement and industry partners to find those responsible and protect victims.

Written Answers — Home Office: Radicalism (21 Feb 2018)

Ben Wallace: The Home Office invited the Local Authority Prevent Coordinator network, along with members of their communities, to attend the launch of the Making a Stand campaign, which the Home Secretary attended.

Written Answers — Home Office: Radicalism: Internet (20 Feb 2018)

Ben Wallace: The Home Office supports civil society organisations to deliver activity locally as part of the Prevent strategy. Web Guardians, run by the JAN Trust, is one of the programmes that have been supported in this way. It aims to helps mothers use the internet and keep their children safe online from the risks of radicalisation.

Written Answers — Home Office: Hezbollah: Flags (20 Feb 2018)

Ben Wallace: The Home Office does not hold records of complaints made to the police about the display of Hezbollah flags at the 2017 Al-Quds Day rally in London.


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